Plants use hormones to signal how they should respond to danger – study

A team from Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California recently reported details about how plants respond to hormones called jasmonic acid that allows them to perceive trouble. Their findings reveal that plants have a complex communication network that could allow researchers to develop crops that are able to withstand more assault, especially in the era of rapid climate change.

“This research gives us a really detailed picture of how this hormone, jasmonic acid, acts at many different levels. It enables us to understand how environmental information and developmental information is processed, and how it ensures proper growth and development,” Professor Joseph Ecker, co-corresponding author, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator said about the study.

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